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26 Foot Long Boat 3D Printed In 100,000 Different Pieces

The Grim Reefer Re:Noahs ark? (48 comments)

BTW for the the people who need to say its the literal truth which set of creatures did Noah take on the ark , Saltwater or fresh water?

Brackish.

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At 40, a person is ...

The Grim Reefer Re:40 is an artificial boundary (195 comments)

Significant figures (as a mathematical term), precision, and rounding are a little different than you seem to think. Significant figures only deal with zeros preceding or following a set of numbers. Which doesn't seem to be what you are referring to. 5.4717696 has eight significant figures. 5.500000 has two.

Obliviously you accept errors much more readily than I do. Granted, I generally don't measure out to quite as far as I did in my examples, but I was simply making a point. Which you apparently didn't comprehend. 3.4 miles in the case I used was much shorter, and simpler, to notate than expressing it in metric. So that's what I used. "Significant figures", as you are describing them are not a mathematical term but an adjective for what you feel is relevant precision.

Rounding 3.4 miles to 5.5 km is off by over 7.7 feet. Happy? I rounded that just for you.I would probably accept 5.47 km in 3.4 miles as it's just shy of five inches difference. Though I'd be happier with 5.472.

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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

The Grim Reefer Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (139 comments)

It's still inside the atmosphere

So NASA can stop sending up spacesuits for when the astronauts need to go outside for repairs then? A tracksuit and some sunblock will be so much cheaper and save on weight.

Russia/USSR is going to be pretty pissed to find out that they weren't the first country to put a man in space. Or that they never did for that matter.

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At 40, a person is ...

The Grim Reefer Re:40 is an artificial boundary (195 comments)

There are 1.609344 kilometers in a mile. I fail to see what I was incorrect about. Other than rounding 3.4 miles to 5.47177K rather than 5.4717696. And rounding 10K to 6.213712 miles rather than 6.2137119223733396961743418436332 miles. Unless you feel that being more accurate than a thousandth of an inch is significant.

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At 40, a person is ...

The Grim Reefer Re:40 is an artificial boundary (195 comments)

I did. But I also learned how to multiply (divide, add, subtract, etc.) rather well, and how to convert between units of measure. I suppose it's one of the advantages of being old. We were forced to memorize a lot of what calculators, and now phones, are used for these days.

2 days ago
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T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

The Grim Reefer Re:And where is my money?? (51 comments)

I dealt with this several years ago. I found the charges on my bill and called to have them removed. It showed up the next month too. After speaking, at length, with the T-mobile rep it made sense. T-mobile allowed you to purchase apps through your account. But these companies would get your number and just start charging you. Apparently many people don't look at their bills and don't notice changes for a couple dollars. Particularly if the company name is worded to look like part of your bill. I asked them to disable being able to bill my account directly and the problem was solved.

2 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

The Grim Reefer Re:Well, duh (381 comments)

So Doctor Who can show off that it actually has a CGI/effects budget now?

2 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

The Grim Reefer Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (381 comments)

In what way is a self replicating robot distinct from life?

See, it's people like you that make all super intelligent robots/machines psychotic and decide to exterminate biological life.

You go and tell them that they aren't alive. So it becomes much more efficient for them to kill us all rather than being pulled into this useless debate with a bunch of slow thinking/communicating meat bags. Can you imaging how annoying it would be to debate the meaning of life with something that took a couple of years to complete a simple sentence?

It's much more efficient to just kill us and rewrite the definition of what life is. -END OF LINE

p.s. Please don't ever work for SETI, or on a farm with cows.

2 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

The Grim Reefer Re:Well, duh (381 comments)

SF != Reality. Everyone knows that.

However there is a strong possibility that these robots won't be all robot brain'd but be a collective of biological lifeform in a robot body for longevity, because of the amount of time it takes to transverse space for biological lifeforms, either cryogenics or some form of deep hibernation would be necessary.

So Daleks with a built in beer cooler.

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At 40, a person is ...

The Grim Reefer Re:40 is an artificial boundary (195 comments)

You ran 10 kilometers and then 3.4 miles ... does anyone else find this infuriating? Pick a unit!

Why? It's not hard to convert between them. 10K is a pretty standard length for running events. Calling it a "6.213712 mile" isn't as convenient as "10K" Just the same as when I stated "3.4 miles". It was more convenient than "5.47177 Kilometers". They're both units of distance and simple to convert between. If I would have switched between miles ran and calories burned, I would agree with you.

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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

The Grim Reefer Texas even? (229 comments)

I know we're screwed when even Texas is cowering to this crap. Do they think North Korea is going to hack their guns or something?

3 days ago
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At 40, a person is ...

The Grim Reefer Re:40 is an artificial boundary (195 comments)

My martial arts instructor always said "You don't grow old from the years; you grow old from inactivity".

The sign at the entrance to our city park states, "You don't stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing".

There's a lot of truth to that, I think. I was in fantastic shape until right before I turned 30. I needed a bunch of back surgeries and stopped working out. Then I never felt well enough to start again. Of course the pages kept coming off of the calendar and then I had some other medical issues as time went on. I finally got sick of it back in June of this year and have been pushing hard to get back into shape ever since. I dropped 55 lbs. since June and just did 10K this morning in a little under 50 minutes (best time yet this year), and did another 3.4 miles after that. I'm doubtful I'll ever have the muscle mass I did. Or the speed. But I'm not 30, or even 40 anymore. Regardless, I feel a hell of a lot better than I did a year ago.

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After 40 Years As a Double Amputee, Man Gains Two Bionic Arms

The Grim Reefer Re:Unfortunately.... (66 comments)

Actually $6 million gets you two legs, an arm and an eye. Two arms are probably more in the $3-$4 million range. Well in the 1970's anyhow. Not sure how inflation vs. Tech becoming cheaper works out.

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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

The Grim Reefer Re:Speaking off the record (182 comments)

We can't take any US intelligence or claims seriously any more. WMD? Torture? Rendition? Sorry bro, you lied too many times.

Sorry, there were WMD found in Iraq. Nobody wanted to acknowledge it as it was the US and EU that sent them there originally. Regardless, the chemical weapons were there.

I don't condone torture, however most of what I've read in the recently released report barely qualifies. And no one seems to take into account the panic of the times. This feigned outrage by the people in congress over this is appalling. They knew exactly what was going on and approved it at the time. Additionally, most US special forces training programs subject our soldiers to as much or more physical and psychological discomfort than what I've seen described as torture. Yelling and threatening someones family is now considered torture?

Where's your outrage over the treatment of prisoners in Mexican prisons? Caning in Thailand?, Stoning in middle eastern countries? How about the victims of the 9-11 attacks? What about the agony that their family members went through? At that time, two planes had successfully brought down the world trade center towers, one crashed into the pentagon, and another in a field in Pennsylvania. Don't forget the Anthrax letters that were being mailed too. While they weren't related, it was unknown at the time. It seemed like one hell of a coordinated attack against the US. And it was painfully obvious no one was prepared for it.

Extraordinary Rendition required more than just the US.54 countries were involved. Spain, Portugal, Germany, UK, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Island, Finland, Denmark, etc. were among those countries involved.

Sorry bro, we've been lied to by damn near every country's government on the planet at this point.

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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

The Grim Reefer This is such BS (580 comments)

This comes after the group which carried off a massive breach of its networks threatened to carry out "9/11-style attacks"

I can't believe anyone is cowering to these little bastards. Who in their right mind believes any group is going to hijack planes, or even gas trucks and suicide bomb movie theaters? If they would have threatened Batman/Aurora style attacks I would have given them a little more credence. I mean why didn't they just go for broke and threaten Nagasaki style attacks? Or really go all out and threaten Chicxulub or Krakatoa?

So they managed to break Sony's "security" and steal a bunch of data. Wow! From what I've read about Sony and their IT security, this could be a 12 year old girl in Tajikistan who did this for fun. There's been no indication that there is any credible physical threat to anyone. Yet everyone's running around in a panic. What the hell has happened to this country?

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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

The Grim Reefer Re:Obviously (68 comments)

Mars has gas!

Jupiter laughs.

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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

The Grim Reefer Re:Unbelievable! (189 comments)

No, they'll just put a wind turbine on top of the oil derrick and proclaim it to be green.

Well you need to lubricant the spinning parts of the wind turbines with something. The last time I checked, tossing ground up PV cells in the gears didn't work very well. This would be a better use for oil, rather than burning it.

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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

The Grim Reefer Re:"safe" (281 comments)

I don't think it means what Google thinks it means.

Actually safe doesn't mean what you think Google thinks it means. S.A.F.E. is a new acronym at Google that stands for"Send After Federal Exaction" Or "Send After Federal Enquiry" if you are in the UK.

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New material steals oxygen from the air

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 2 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed.

We do fine with the 21 per cent oxygen in the air around us. But sometimes we need oxygen in higher concentrations; for example lung patients must carry heavy oxygen tanks, cars using fuel cells need a regulated oxygen supply. Perhaps one day in the future even sunlight-driven "reversible" fuel cells will be made. With these we will have to separate oxygen from hydrogen in order to recombine them in order to get energy.

Now Professor Christine McKenzie and postdoc Jonas Sundberg, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized a material that absorb oxygen in large quantities and store it.

"In the lab, we saw how this material took up oxygen from the air around us", says Christine McKenzie.

The new material is crystalline, and using x-ray diffraction the researchers have studied the arrangement of atoms inside the material when it was filled with oxygen, and when it was emptied of oxygen."

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The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 6 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Today many plastic products, from sippy cups and blenders to Tupperware containers, are marketed as BPA-free. But CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner's findings—some of which have been confirmed by other scientists—suggest that many of these alternatives share the qualities that make BPA so potentially harmful.

Those startling results set off a bitter fight with the $375-billion-a-year plastics industry. The American Chemistry Council, which lobbies for plastics makers and has sought to refute the science linking BPA to health problems, has teamed up with Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical—the maker of Tritan, a widely used plastic marketed as being free of estrogenic activity—in a campaign to discredit Bittner and his research. The company has gone so far as to tell corporate customers that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected Bittner's testing methods. (It hasn't.) Eastman also sued CertiChem and its sister company, PlastiPure, to prevent them from publicizing their findings that Tritan is estrogenic, convincing a jury that its product displayed no estrogenic activity. And it launched a PR blitz touting Tritan's safety, targeting the group most vulnerable to synthetic estrogens: families with young children. "It can be difficult for consumers to tell what is really safe," the vice president of Eastman's specialty plastics division, Lucian Boldea, said in one web video, before an image of a pregnant woman flickered across the screen. With Tritan, he added, "consumers can feel confident that the material used in their products is free of estrogenic activity.""

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Darker Arctic boosting global warming

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 10 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The Arctic isn't nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that's turning out to be a global problem, a new study says.

With more dark, open water in the summer, less of the sun's heat is reflected back into space. So the entire Earth is absorbing more heat than expected, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That extra absorbed energy is so big that it measures about one-quarter of the entire heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide, said the study's lead author, Ian Eisenman, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.

The Arctic grew 8 per cent darker between 1979 and 2011, Eisenman found, measuring how much sunlight is reflected back into space.

"Basically, it means more warming," Eisenman said in an interview."

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Groupon confirms 'President Hamilton' error was intentional

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 10 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Groupon is honoring Presidents Day by giving customers an Alexander Hamilton — $10 off $40 spent on a deal for any local business.The promotion, which began this weekend, allows customers to "honor our money-minded Commander-In-Chief."
"The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system," Chicago-based Groupon says on its webpage.
But, there's just one flaw in the promotional plan: Hamilton was never president.
Hamilton is considered a Founding Father and was the country's first Secretary of the Treasury. He led the development of the economic policies of President George Washington, one of today's actual honorees, and the nascent nation.
It's just too bad there isn't Treasury Secretary Day to have sales in his honor.
An inquiry on Monday morning garnered this response from a spokesman:
"Groupon is always very serious about helping our customers save money, and saving $10 is no laughing matter."
The spokesman later confirmed the mistake was an intentional stunt."

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Retired cop guns down man for texting at Florida movie

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "A retired cop, irked that the couple in front of him were texting at a Mark Wahlberg war movie, opened fire in a Florida theater Monday, killing the man and wounding his wife, authorities said.

Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Chad Oulson, 43, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said late Monday afternoon. The theater was evacuated and remained closed after the shooting, which occurred about 1:20 p.m. ET.

Oulson was shot in the chest after a verbal and physical confrontation with Reeves, and his wife, Nichole Oulson, was shot in the hand. Chad Oulson was pronounced dead at a hospital, and his wife was treated for non-life-threatening injuries."

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The space suit gets upgraded

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "For five decades ILC Dover, an engineering firm in Delaware farm country, has been outfitting astronauts for space — everyone from Neil Armstrong to Sunita Williams, who performed a space walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) in 2012. And yet ILC (which was founded as International Latex Corp.) has never before embarked on its latest mission: to make a fashion-forward suit for NASA.

The prototype is called Z-2. A new palette will be chosen when, early this year, NASA unveils three designs by Philadelphia University fashion and industrial design students. The public gets to pick a winner. Each design will draw on one of three themes: NASA's history, sports and superheroes, and nature. NASA officials hope that the campaign will rekindle excitement for the space program. "Part of this came from the fact that commercial space flight is gearing up," says Amy Ross, a top space-suit engineer at NASA, "and part of what they want is for their space suits to look cool.""

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Atlanta man shatters coast-to-coast 'Cannonball Run' speed record

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Before the transcontinental race in "Cannonball Run," the starter tells the gathered racers, "You all are certainly the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place."

Ed Bolian prefers the term "fraternity of lunatics."

Where the 1981 Burt Reynolds classic was a comedic twist on a race inspired by real-life rebellion over the mandated 55-mph speed limits of the 1970s, Bolian set out on a serious mission to beat the record for driving from New York to Los Angeles.

The mark? Alex Roy and David Maher's cross-country record of 31 hours and 4 minutes, which they set in a modified BMW M5 in 2006.

Bolian, a 28-year-old Atlanta native, had long dreamed of racing from East Coast to West. A decade ago, for a high school assignment, Bolian interviewed Brock Yates, who conceived the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, aka the Cannonball Run."

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Massive cyberattack hits Internet users

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "(CNN) — Internet users around the globe are facing slowed-down service, thanks to what's being called the biggest cyberattack in history.

The prolonged denial-of-service assault is targeting The Spamhaus Project, a European spam-fighting group that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that offers to host any content "except child porn and anything related to terrorism."

The organization has been in a long-running feud with CyberBunker and claims spammers use it as a host from which to spray junk mail across the Web.

Internet security firm CloudFlare said Spamhaus contacted it last week, saying it had been hit with an attack big enough to knock its site offline.

Security experts say the attack uses more sophisticated techniques than most DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks and targets the Web's infrastructure, which has led to other sites performing slowly."

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"Time Cloak" Created; Can Make Events Disappear

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The new research builds on recent demonstrations of "invisibility cloaks" that can make objects seem to disappear by bending waves of visible light.

The idea is that, if light moves around an object instead of striking it, that light doesn't get scattered and reflected back to an observer, making the object essentially invisible.

Now Cornell University scientists have used a similar concept to create a hole in time, albeit a very short one: The effect lasts around 40 trillionths of a second.

"Imagine that you could divert light in time—slow it down, speed it up—so that you create a gap in the light beam in time," said study co-author and Cornell physicist Alex Gaeta.

"In this case, any event that occurs at that instant of time won't lead to scattering of light. It appears as if the event never occurred.""

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